Back in his home country for last night’s 2-2 draw with Schalke, Lukas Podolski had no complaints about the result and was keen to highlight the qualities of the home side.
The German international provided the assist for Arsenal’s second goal, scored by Olivier Giroud, but says that the pressure we were put under in the second half, and the timing of their first goal, meant Schalke deserved a point.
“I think 2-2 is a fair result,” he said in the mixed zone after the game. “Schalke’s goal just before the break was something of a blow for us. They applied a lot of pressure in the second half, and that’s why I think both teams deserved a point.
“We’re still strong enough to get out of the group – that remains our objective. Schalke are a very, very good team. They work very well when they don’t have the ball, and have fantastic players going forward.”
Theo Walcott, scorer of Arsenal’s opener, was similarly pleased with a point, especially after suffering from illness before the game.
“I didn’t wake up great yesterday,” he revealed. “I didn’t have voice at all – it’s coming back a little bit today – but it’s just great to be back playing with the guys, and that’s all I want to do now.
“When you come to a difficult place to play a good team, who had beaten us at home, you’ve got to show character. We got the two early goals, though it’s a shame we couldn’t kill it off. But it’s a good point in the end.”